Author Archives: Emily Gibbons

The Bamboo Centre

The Bamboo Centre is an authentic and varied shopping experience in Melville, Johannesburg. Here you’ll find everything from food to décor; art to wellness; books to toys; haute couture and collectibles. Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays add an organic flair. Each shop is independent and owner-run – no chain brands here. Their stock reflects the contemporary South African theme of Bamboo. Bamboo enhances Melville’s trendy, quirky temperament, taking individuality to the next level. Bamboo Farmers’ Market is Each and every Saturday from 9h00-13h00. Please check the website for cancellations due to bad weather during winter. Come for your share of summer’s bounty straight from the producers. Expect to find all your local and organic fresh produce, farm milk and butter, free-range eggs and chickens, preservative – free bread, fair-trade coffee – all that you need!

Local business

The Hairdresser is an intimate shop tucked in the corner of Bamboo and promises to surprise you beyond expectation.They specialize in hair, pedicures and manicures. The Hairdresser’s care for their customers reach far beyond tips and roots.


Offers a modern mix of Asian and Eastern Dishes from Dim Sum, Smoked Trout Steamed Buns, Ramen’s to Gyoza’s; the dishes have been designed to be shared amongst the table. Key dishes do vary from day to day.

Eastern Bazaar

12:00 – 23h00 – TUES to SAT (kitchen closes at 10pm)
12:00 – 20h00 – SUN
Closed Mondays


Upstairs is a 90m2 space available to artists, curators and publicists. It is a self run space where the user runs their own show for ten days. Costs are limited to the rental and signage costs. Bamboo provides media support and invites the Bamboo clients to visit the show.


Offers Breakfast, Lunch and Tea

07h30 – 18h00 (Mon-Fri)
08h00 – 17h00 (Sat)
08h30 – 15h30 (Sun)


Healthy Mind, Sober Living at Cape Retreat

Recovering from alcoholism and substance addiction is not an easy task, especially for those who have been addicted or alcoholics for years on end. Not having access to an alcohol and drug free living environment poses the biggest threat to derailing a person’s recovery process. Sober houses are becoming more and more popular as direct repercussion of the increase in people being treated for alcohol and drug addiction. Sober house facilities are for the most part operated and staffed by people from the mental health, counselling and substance abuse professions. One such establishment is the Scotswood sober living house in Cape Town. A destructive living environment can put an end to the recovery efforts of even the most dedicated individual who is trying to steer clear of drugs and alcohol. Sober houses were first formed in the 1980’s as a means to assist alcoholics looking to make a new start in a safe environments. Sober houses have changed somewhat since the 1980’s with most of them catering for drug addicts as well as alcoholics since substance abuse has grown rapidly in recent years. A sober house is not intended to be a permanent living arrangement for a recovering addict, but more of a stepping stone that gives them the opportunity to solidify their recovery once leaving a rehabilitation centre. Sober Living houses typically offer the following :

  • A safe living environment free of alcohol and drugs
  • Permission to stay for a period of time, provided house rules are followed
  • An in house counsellor available to assist with difficulties
  • Communal eating areas and availability of cooked meals
  • Information about nearby 12 Step meetings such as AA and NA

Developing new friends and companions is an essential component required to support ongoing sobriety and recovery. The sober house model promotes this in allowing those who share the same difficulties to help each other, as opposed to trying to struggle on in their recovery on their own. There is no particular standard or specific model for the sober house concept. They can range from apartment complexes to renovated homes in suburbs. Statistics do show however that the smaller, more intimate environments allow for more trust and intimacy, allowing friendships to grow more easily. These smaller sober houses have proven to deliver better results than the larger apartment complex styled ones. There are relatively few sober houses in Cape town that provide all the necessary components for recovering addict to reconnect with people, develop new friendships, learn to become a responsible and productive member of society once again. Scotswood is a relatively new sober house in Cape Town that does provide everything that a person serious about their recovery process requires. The Scotswood sober house is set in a tranquil environment occupying a renovated farmhouse. The home is peaceful and is well run with capable staff on site to keep a caring eye on the residents. Anybody looking for a sober house in Cape Town should click here to go to the Scotswood website and discover all the amenities they have to offer. Although it was fairly recently opened, Scotswood has rapidly developed a reputation for being one of the best sober living houses in Cape Town.